Tag: shared decision making

Brian James Brian James (10 Posts)

Former Managing Editor and Contributing Writer

University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine


Currently, Brian is a fourth-year medical student at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He was born in Westchester County, NY, and moved to Laguna Beach, CA in 2007. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology and a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017. Brian is planning on becoming an OB/GYN and is currently interested in Surgical Oncology. Outside of the classroom, Brian enjoys playing racquetball, reading on personal finance and nutrition, and enjoying outdoor activities at the beach and hiking.




The Fallacy of Shared Decision-Making

I took a quick trip to Target a month ago and browsed for new jeans. I approached the clothing section and was suddenly struck by the overwhelming challenge I had undertaken. From rack to rack, I had to choose from a multitude of different brands (Levis, Wrangler, True Religion and more), different styles (skinny, bootcut, tapered and more) and different colors (blue, black, tan and more). I had to figure out my current exact size …

Rebirth of the Savior of Births

I had always thought of medical professionals as society’s heroes who could do no wrong, but with my own personal experiences in the back of my mind, I discovered the reality was far more complex.

The year was 2011. I was thirteen years old, and school had just let out. I walked back home, exactly four blocks away from school, left-right-left-right, lub-dub, lub-dub.

Teresia Chen Teresia Chen (1 Posts)

Pre-Medical Guest Writer

Stanford University


Teresia is a junior at Stanford University. In 2020, she will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Bachelor of Science in biology with concentrations in biochemistry and biophysics. Because she is a child of two immigrants from Shanghai, she is grateful for her parents who have supported her in achieving her goals. She would also like to thank her other family members, friends, professors, and mentors. In her free time, Teresia enjoys playing the violin, hanging out with friends and family, and biochemical research. After she graduates, Teresia desires to attend medical school and then pursue a career in pediatrics.